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Meet The First Black And Female Mayor Of Ferguson, Missouri

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City of Ferguson, Missouri
Mayor Ella Jones is the first African American and the first woman to be elected mayor in Ferguson, Missouri. She has lived in the city for more than 40 years and served on the Ferguson City Council prior to becoming mayor.

After the 2014 killing of Michael Brown and the unrest that followed, Ferguson became ground zero for protests over police violence.

Six years later, the city has its first Black and female mayor, who says she'll work to make her office accessible and active in community dialogue.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.